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2013 Vision Expo West


The Optical Women's Association Hosts Events at Vision Expo West

OWA members were very busy during the past Vision Expo West event in Las Vegas with their semi-annual board meeting, the Professional Optical Women's Workshop and the annual Networking event. The 2014 OWA Board was sworn in during the board meeting and then presented to the optical industry during the Networking event. Look for more in-depth coverage of the two events in articles coming out in the next newsletter. In the meantime, check out these photos that capture the fun and excitement of the OWA Vision Expo West Events.

Presented by Christie Walker

You may click on any photograph to download a high-resolution version. There are two albums below: one for POWW Event — The Chopra Center for Wellbeing's "Mindfulness in the Workplace", and a second album for the Networking Reception and Raffle.

2014 OWA Board

The Optical Women's Association swore in their new 2014 board. Left to right are: Rebecca Johnson (EyeTrain4You, Inc), Debra Forstenzer (Debra Forstenzer Consulting), Lorie Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center), Barbara Wagner (Santinelli International), Kate Renwick-Espinosa (VSP Global), Jodi Groh (Nanofilm, Ltd.), Christie Walker (Jobson Optical Group), Karen Zappia (Live Eyewear), Ann E. Englert (Englert Solutions), Jennifer Jackson (OptiPort), Heather Smith (VisionWeb), Deb Lochli (Altair/Marchon).

Amy Spezio and Laurie Badone

Outgoing board members Amy Spiezio (EyeCare Business) and Laurie Badone (Carl Zeiss Vision) were honored at the annual board meeting. Also honored but not pictured are outgoing board members Pam Gibson (Shamir), Gale Meyer (Diversified Ophthalmics), Audrey Pavia (Tura) and Sherrie Rogerson (REM Eyewear).

Professional Optical Women's Workshop (P.O.W.W.)
The Chopra Center for Wellbeing's "Mindfulness in the Workplace"
October 2, 2013

Keynote speaker Manjula Nadarajah of the Chopra Center for Workplace Wellbeing presented Mindfulness in the Workplace.

OWA volunteers Kate Reid, Rebecca Johnson, and Pam Wood are ready to check in attendees.

Incoming president Christie Walker is greeted by outgoing president Ann Englert.

Amy Endo of Edwin Endo, OD, and Judy Canty of Luzerne Optical Labs took part in the workshop.

Current board members Lorie Lippiat, OD and Jodi Groh thank outgoing board member Sherrie Rogerson for her work on the Professional Development Fund committee.

Andrea Bergquist (Rite-Style Optical) joins Mary Johnson (Toledo Optical) for the workshop presentation.

Networking Reception and Raffle
October 4, 2013

Nancy Feela, a guest of OWA member Karen Michaelson, enjoys meeting new people at the networking event.

Kristin Miller (Soderberg), Belinda Bellows (Imagewear), and Marie Welsch (First Vision Media Group) connect at the networking event.

Steph Delong (EyeCare Business) checks in people to the event.

Laurie Badone may have a busted knee cap, but that won't keep her from helping out at the sign in table for the OWA event.

Deb Lochli sells raffle tickets to Jobson's Dennis Murphy before he even gets in the door.

Jobson's Dee Carroll and Amanda Churchill await their turn to enter the photo booth.

All here to check out the OWA are Valerie Baker, OD (Advanced Vision Care), Tiffanie Childs, OD (Joffe Medicenter), Stephanie Temple, OD, and Lori Palmer (All About Eyes).

Ed Buffington (center) is thrilled to be surrounded by VSPOne's Maricruz Garza (l) and Glenna Glenn (r).

OWA board member Deb Lochli welcomes OWA supporter Donna Gindy (REM Eyewear).

Kelly Moss (Local EyeSite, LLC.) buys raffle tickets from OWA volunteer Nancy Knoth (Park Nicollet).

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there were plenty of items available for the raffle.

Jennifer Coppel (Tura), awaits for the announcement of the winning raffle tickets with Amy Spezio (EyeCare Business).

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